Book 2 in The Rose Muddle Mysteries: The Secret Ruby is being published by Usborne on 3rd May 2018!



Here is the cover for The Secret Ruby! Designed by the incredible Davide Ortu. I absolutely LOVE IT!

“Rose and Rui are back with Bahula the monkey in tow, and a brand-new, action-packed mystery to solve… The pair must travel to Jaipur to return Mr Gupta’s ruby to his family. But unbeknownst to them, they are being followed by a member of the Brotherhood of the Black Sun, and dark secrets await them when they dock in India…”

It is being released on 3rd May 2018! I really hope you enjoy it! 🙂

The next Rose Muddle Mystery – The Secret Ruby Cover Reveal!

The cover reveal for the next Rose Muddle Mystery is here! Hooray! Huge thanks to @BookLoverJo for featuring it. Illustrated by the hugely talented Davide Ortu and Usborne’s Will Steele.

This next adventure takes Rose, Rui and Bahula to India – for another dangerous mystery – featuring dark magic, twists and monsters! The Secret Ruby is released in May 2018!

Check out the cover and a guest blog from me, here:


So excited that Rose Muddle and me are Carden Primary’s Adopt an Author for this years Brighton Festival!


Look at my fantastic Adopt an Author team, Carden Primary, clutching their copies of #RoseMuddle!

I am particularly pleased to be sharing The Amber Pendant – a story set in Edwardian Brighton and Hove – with a local school. It is just brilliant!

This is such a fabulous project – and I feel so privileged to be taking part this year. My thanks to Young City Reads too…

So, from the beginning of March I will be in contact with my Adopt an Author team, setting them tasks – and talking about their writing – and then, towards the end of May, I will be meeting them all at the Brighton Dome, for a workshop and a chat. I can’t wait! – we are going to have SO much fun! :)))



Mods and Rockers Baddie Workshop!

Here are just a few of the BRILLIANT baddies we created at Silverdale Primary Academy on Friday. It was so much fun! We spoke about what makes a believable baddie, and which are our favourite baddies and why – and how giving them a weakness is important…

We based our baddie armies on an element of local history from Hastings – The Battle of Hastings… Well, the 1964 Mods and Rockers invasion at least!

I was totally blown away by the scale of imagination and creativity these year 5 classes had. I especially liked the Rocker baddie – who had a snake printed on the back of his leather jacket that could shoot out venom! And, my favourite baddie weaknesses, has to be Brussels sprouts!

Thank you so much for having me visit! :))))


Happy New Year – and thank you!


I just wanted to wish everyone a very Happy New Year! And to thank you all for your #RoseMuddle support over these last six months, I feel very fortunate to have you all!
Thanks to everyone who sold and promoted The Amber Pendant – lots of fabulous support from #UsborneBooksatHome and the many independent book shops especially.
And to all of you who bought and read The Amber Pendant!  With an extra special thanks to those who took the time to write a review. (30 x reviews on Amazon – just amazing!)…/dp/1474927…/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0…

Also a big thank you to Waterstones at Lakeside Shopping Centre, Waterstones Ashford for having me visit and sign books. To Waterstones Hastings for their incredible ongoing help and support.

The Book Nook and City Books in Hove for the window displays and to the many schools who I’ve been privileged to visit. Wonderful!

But, most of all to Becky Walker, my amazing editor at Usborne who has put so much love and time into making this book what it is. And to the whole Usborne Team for their collective enthusiasm and hard work. Such an amazing first six months.

I am hugely looking forward to 2018 and the release of book two in the Rose Muddle Mysteries…

Wishing you all a happiness filled New Year – full of good books! 

#RoseMuddle Teaching Resources and Competition now available with The Reading Agency!

Delighted that The Reading Agency has details of the new Rose Muddle local history teaching resources and activity sheet. You can download below:


I used elements of local history when writing The Amber Pendant, after I discovered a Bronze Age Amber Cup in the museum – why not see if you can create your own fab stories using your own local history?!

Plus, there is a #FREE competition offering the chance to WIN 10 x Usborne books bundle!!! With books on creative writing and history! The closing date is 27th October, 2017! Good luck!